Programs & Grants

Risa Wellness Project@THEARC

Initiated in the fall of 2013 and launched in phases, the Risa Fund has partnered with THEARC to create the Risa Wellness Project@THEARC, a multifaceted initiative offering mental health training to all partner organization staff, on-site mental health counseling, access to increased psychiatric care and coordination of all mental health…

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Sitar Arts Center

The Risa Fund sponsored Sitar's summer 2014 mural project, during which teen artists worked to strengthen their design and painting skills — as well as employment and life skills — through the creation of two large-scale murals.

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Israel Tennis Centers Foundation

The Risa Fund invested in the ITCF Jaffa location's Girls at Risk Empowerment Program scholarship fund. Serving adolescent girls from impoverished neighborhoods, the program combines tennis education with overall enrichment disciplines, including: health and wellness, relationships and sexuality, female empowerment, leadership and communications, financial management, and family empowerment.

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WTEF Round-Robin Tennis Tournament

On June 30, 2014, the Risa Fund sponsored a round-robin tennis tournament at the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation's Northwest DC location. Students from WTEF's 2 Washington, DC campuses gathered for a fun day of both singles and doubles matches along with refreshments and giveaways.

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Recent News & Updates

Brown U. Tennis Team Selects 2016 Marisa Schonfeld Bruno Award Recipient

The Brown University Tennis Team is pleased to announce this year's Marisa Schonfeld Bruno Award recipient. Ammu Mandalap received the prestigious award for her exemplary display of courage, determination, passion, commitment, sportsmanship and compassion, both on and off the court. (more...)

Risa Wellness Project@THEARC Addresses Challenges Facing DC's Ward 7 and 8 Families

Historically, the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. has been perceived as the dividing line between the “haves” and the “have nots.” While prosperity, access and opportunity flourished west of the river, east of the river communities (Wards 7 and 8) found themselves locked in a cycle of failing schools, unemployment, crime and generational poverty. Ward 7 and 8 are home to 40% of D.C.’s youth - nearly half of who live at or below the poverty level. The unemployment rate  (more...)

Reception Celebrates Mural's Move to the Ronald Reagan Building

The opening reception for the 11th Street Bridge Park Mural Exhibit, a 55-foot wide mural created by local teen artists from Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School and ArtReach at THEARC, was held in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. (more...)

Risa Fund Helps Sponsor Awe-Inspiring 11th Street Bridge Park Mural

In the summer of 2015, the Risa Fund collaborated with the 11th Street Bridge Park, Artolution, and ArtReach at THEARC to convene DC high school students through the collective painting of a mural envisioning a healthy city, community, and neighborhood. (more...)

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